Hourly vs. Flat Rate Movers

When you first start hiring a mover, you might be surprised about the amount of options you have to customize your move. Do you want full service, deliver, pickup? Are you getting your own packing materials, or is the company supplying them? And finally, do you want to negotiate a flat rate price, or go with an hourly one. Well, this depends on what your moving details are. Here’s a guide from our moving experts on when it’s best to choose an hourly rate, and when it’s best to go flat.


Choose an hourly rate if…

  • You’re moving nearby and are packing the house yourself

  • If you’re moving a tiny studio or partial household


Hourly rates are usually set at least for 3 hours, and small moves like these might take only 3-4 hours if the moving company sends enough staff. Make sure to ask how many movers in this instance will be there to help you, as they might intentionally send less people so the move takes longer. Once you get a set time estimate from the moving services company, make that the agreed limit – or consider negotiating a clause in the contract that sets a maximum cost limit. If you are attempting this sort of move, a flat rate will probably be much higher than what the move should actually cost based on the amount of work. Try scheduling your move to avoid traffic, as that time will be factored into the charged hours as well.


Choose a flat rate if…

  • You’re making a long distance move

  • You’re moving a large house or apartment, or have lots of boxes or furniture

  • You’re moving in a heavy traffic location


If any of these categories apply to you, your moving process will likely take longer, and have wild variation in time – so choosing a flat-rate quote will be much better for you. This flat rate can be set before the move based on an inventory of what you need to have transported – and it will allow you to stay relaxed even if you get caught in traffic or take a while to transport furniture. The fee is set and you can expect it exactly, and the movers will efficiently complete their job with motivation – and there’s no discomfort or worrying about the calculations of full charges. Just make sure to have clarity about what your move requires down to the final detail.


Homeowner’s insurance and moves

You may already know the details of how homeowner’s insurance applies to your current home, but do you know how it applies as you’re moving to a new home? It’s smart to learn about this before thinking of purchasing any sort of moving insurance. You want to make sure that you still receive coverage during your moving process.


Moving Insurance Deductibles

If you still need to pay 1000$ for any potential losses or damages before your insurance, you will still likely need to during your move. The deductible might be raised through – so make sure to ask how much your insurance covers while your stuff is in the moving truck, as well as when it’s being moved into your new home.


Limits of Insurance

Find out whether your insurance plan has any maximum possession limits, or if it has less coverage when the item is outside of the home. You might have already purchased extra insurance for valuable items, but even with these separate plans, you need to be certain of what sort of damages it protects you from.


Moving Breakages, Damages, & Theft

If your items are stolen from a moving truck, or the truck get into an accident – yours, as well as the moving company’s insurance should be able to fully cover it. However, your insurance will probably not cover any damage that happens during the move like drops, rips, and tears. You can get supplemental insurance for particular valuable items if you really want to protect them, or you can decide to purchase moving insurance – which can be worth it to protect the items not covered by your homeowner’s insurance.


Changing Premiums

Your premiums might change based on lots of criteria like if you’re crossing state lines or if you are moving to a much smaller or larger home. Make sure to talk to your insurance agent to figure out if any of these changes will happen, and how they might affect your insurance coverage during the moving process.


Making room for a baby in a small apartment

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The accouterments involved with raising a baby can cause an already small apartment to be quite cramped indeed. Here’s some tips from the experts at US Express on how you can save space to help make room for raising an infant.


Switch Tables with Dressers

Any object that consists of a surface with empty space under it can be transformed into a handy storage space -with the same amount of floor coverage. If you don’t want to buy a dresser, simply buy stackable storage bins and stack them underneath furniture with room beneath them in order to keep supplies that correspond to what room you most commonly need them in.



We recommend getting decorative baskets, or thin and long bins in order to maximize your storage space. By having supplies contained neatly together in boxes, you will make your space much less cluttered and much more manageable. This way you won’t need to add even more storage furniture, and you can make the most of your space.


Remove Closet Doors for Cribs

If there’s a closet in your baby’s room, remove the closet door to help make it a cozy spot to insert a crib into. You can add curtains at the sides for added flair, and of course, use the space underneath the crib to store baby necessities like diapers, pacifiers, bottles, or toys.


Hang Clothes on the Wall

Get wall racks for hanging clothing and shoes. This will help you avoid piling clothes on top of each other, which can become quite cluttered indeed.


Vertical Storage

Buy stackable baskets, decorative shelves with room for bins, totes- or even ceiling hanged storage options; all these tactics can help you make the most of your space, utilizing areas of your home that would normally be empty air.


Change on Dressers

Buy a dresser with a built in baby changing space on top – or even buy a changing table pad to put on top of an existing dresser. Make sure to get a pad that had non-skid undercoating of fabric – or make custom bumper borders at the corners of the dresser top to keep the changing pad in place.


Foldable Baby Furniture

If you haven’t yet purchased high chairs or other furniture meant for your little ones, make sure to buy functional ones that help make the most of your limited space. You can clamp high chairs on the edges of tables or strap them onto chairs, collapse strollers, or even hang indoor swing sets from ceiling rafters or door frames.